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Federal Government Sends Warning To Vaping Companies

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 5:09am

The federal government issued warnings to companies that sell vaping liquids, saying they are in violation of federal regulations due to packages that appear to market to children or teens.

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Questions Raised About Study Of Device To Ease Opioid Withdrawal

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 5:09am

As the nation grapples with a crisis of opioid addiction, a medical device called the Bridge is being touted as a way to help people through the symptoms of withdrawal. Does it work?

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Experimental Lung Treatment Could Make Breathing Easier

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 4:49pm

Lung surfactant coats tiny air sacs in the lung. Without it, every breath is a struggle, like blowing up millions of little balloons. With surfactant, breathing is as easy as blowing soap bubbles.

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When Inmates Need A Specialist, They Often See The Doctor By Video

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 2:17pm

Corrections officials are increasingly using remote appointments to handle specialized needs, such as psychiatric, cancer and cardiac care.

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Americans Are A Lonely Lot, And Young People Bear The Heaviest Burden

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 6:01am

A nationwide survey by health insurer Cigna finds that loneliness is widespread in America. Millennials and people in Generation Z tend to feel lonelier than retirees.

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Report To Army Finds Blast From Some Weapons May Put Shooter's Brain At Risk

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 5:01am

Service members who fire certain weapons can get concussion-like symptoms from the blasts, an Army-commissioned report finds. It urges taking measures to cut the risk of lasting brain damage.

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'Failing Patients': Baltimore Video Highlights Crisis Of Emergency Psychiatric Care

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 04/29/2018 - 8:10am

A viral video is drawing attention to a problem in hospital emergency rooms across the country. More and more patients with urgent psychiatric conditions aren't receiving the care they need.

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Family Caregivers Finally Get A Break — And Some Coaching

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 5:00am

Across the U.S., community groups, hospitals and government agencies are stepping up to support the estimated 42 million stressed and strained family caregivers, who are often untrained and unpaid.

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Benzodiazepines: America's 'Other Prescription Drug Problem'

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 11:38am

Drugs like Valium, Xanax and Ativan are more popular than ever. Frequently used to treat anxiety, the medicines can be risky, especially when mixed with alcohol or opioids.

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'Insane': America's 3 Largest Psychiatric Facilities Are Jails

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 4:56pm

Alisa Roth's new book suggests U.S. jails and prisons have become warehouses for the mentally ill. They often get sicker in these facilities, Roth says, because they don't get appropriate treatment.

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Tiny Lab-Grown 'Brains' Raise Big Ethical Questions

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 4:28pm

Scientists are growing increasingly large and sophisticated clusters of human brain cells. Ethicists are now wondering what to do if these minibrains start thinking.

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FDA Panel Affirms Safety Of Painkiller Celebrex

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 12:03pm

Food and Drug Administration advisers found that celecoxib poses no greater risk for heart attacks and strokes than prescription doses of popular pain relievers ibuprofen and naproxen do.

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4 New Exemptions To The Tax Penalty For Lacking Health Insurance

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 5:00am

Rule changes from the Trump administration offer exemptions for people in areas with only one marketplace plan, as well as for some who oppose abortion and can't find a health plan that excludes it.

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Veteran Receives Penis Transplant To Repair War Wound

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 5:15pm

Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital say 11 surgeons were involved in the 14-hour surgery in March. The patient, who requested anonymity, is expected to be released from the hospital this week

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Anxiety Relief Without The High? New Studies On CBD, A Cannabis Extract

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 4:59am

An FDA advisory committee last week urged approval of a drug containing cannabidiol to treat a form of epilepsy. Other scientists wonder if CBD might ease anxiety or other disorders, too.

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When Teens Cyberbully Themselves

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 7:00am

In this latest form of self-harming behavior, adolescents anonymously post mean or derogatory comments about themselves on social media as a way of managing feelings of sadness or self-loathing.

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Texas Disability Group Wants Victims' Voices Heard In Gun Debate

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 1:04pm

Advocates in Texas wants to help people who've been disabled by gun violence talk to lawmakers. Victims say they have a big stake in how guns are regulated.

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How Medicare's Conflicting Hospitalization Rules Cost Me Thousands Of Dollars

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 9:48am

NPR correspondent Alison Kodjak's mom was admitted to the hospital for four nights after a fall. Because the hospital said she was an outpatient, Medicare wouldn't pay for her rehabilitative care.

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Can Triage Nurses Help Prevent 911 Overload?

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 5:00am

One in four calls to the Washington, D.C., 911 line isn't an emergency. The city now has triage nurses working with dispatchers to get callers with less urgent needs a same-day clinic visit instead.

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Gene Therapy For Inherited Blood Disorder Reduced Transfusions

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 5:01pm

A small study finds promise for using gene therapy to treat patients with beta-thalassemia, a blood condition that can cause severe anemia. The experimental treatment is in early development.

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